Last year’s record: 15-4-2 (Northeastern Conference North champions; lost to Stoneham in Division 2 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Steve Baldassare (3rd season, 22-14-5)
Captains: Tom Mento, Sr. LW; Conor Purtell, Sr. C; Nic DiSciulo, Sr. RW; Matt Taylor, Sr. D.
Other key players: Yegor Bublik, Sr. G; Colin Desmond, Sr. D; Owen Desmond, Soph. D; JP Kelter, Soph. D; Jared Mscisz, Jr. RW; Tyler Puska, Soph. RW; Jack Thibodeau, Jr. C; Calvin Mansfield, Soph. C; Rob Prentiss, Jr. G.
Home rink: Raymond J. Bourque Arena, Endicott College, Beverly
Outlook: With both goaltenders back, four of five starting defensemen and an abundance of speed, talent and chemistry up front, the Falcons are the clear front-runners to repeat as NEC champions. Mento (50 points) and Purtell combined for 43 goals and 89 points a year ago and will team up with the dangerous DiSciulo (23 points), while Mscisz-Thibodeau-Puska can also fill opposing nets. Taylor plays upwards of 30 minutes a night in all situations from the back line, with Bublik the last line of defense. Consistency and focus are the keys for Danvers’ long term success. An upset loss in last year’s playoffs should fuel the Blue and White all winter.
Last year’s record: 3-17
Head coach: Chris Timson (1st season)
Team captains: Tahg Coakley, Sr., F.
Other key players: Justin Roberto, Sr., G.; Teddy Vaillancourt, Sr., G; Anthony Yebba, Jr., G.
Outlook: The Falcons are coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory record wise and will be playing with a new head coach for the second consecutive year. But they have some quality returning players including last year’s leading scorer Justin Roberto and team captain Tahg Coakley; they’re poised to make some noise in the NEC.
Last year’s record: 10-11 (Lost to Arlington Catholic in Division 2 North first round)
Head coach: Pat Veilleux (12th season)
Team captains: Lili Montanari, Sr., Forward; Siobhan Moriarty Sr., Guard/Forward); Sarah Unczur, Sr., Forward
Other key players: Lydia Runnals, Cheyenne Nessinger, Hailey Chisholm
League: Northeastern Conference South
Home court: Danvers High School
Outlook: “We’re looking to be competitive night and night out, improve on last year’s record and get further into the playoffs this season,” said Veilleux.
Last year’s record: 13-6 (Second in Division 3 North sectionals)
Head coach: Tim Rich (2nd season)
Team captains: To be named.
Other key players: Colby Holland, Sr., 152; Max Leete, Fr., 113; Russ Canova, So., 170; Matt Gagne, Jr., 120; Alex Varousios, Sr, 132; Devin Viel, Sr., 138; Matt Reidy, Sr., 145; Connor McCarthy, 8th, 126; Andrew Brennan, Sr., 160; Matt Ambeliotis, Jr. 182; Cormac Digilio, Jr., 220; Ted Ambeliotis, So., 285; Robert Murphy, Jr., 195; Christian Hess, Sr., 160.
League: Northeastern Conference
Home gym: Danvers High Fieldhouse
Outlook: The Falcons have very good depth and some serious top-end talent. Three-time state champion Colby Holland leads the pack, but freshman Max Leete was third in the state last year as an eighth grader and Russ Canova also placed in the top 10. Danvers has another four grapplers that earned top 10s at last year’s North sectionals, so it looks like the pieces are in place for another strong winter on the mats in Oniontown.
Last year’s record: 6-3
Head coach: Meghan Beaulieu (4th season as head coach, 17th in program)
Team captains: Brandon Farrah, Sr., diver; Tyler Keyes, Sr., butterfly; Nora Chan, Sr., backstroke.
Other key swimmers: Jared Casey, Jr., backstroke; Rafael Hicaro, soph., breaststroke; Ethan McGrath, Jr., butterfly; Maddie Butler, Soph., breaststroke.
Home pool: Danvers YMCA
Outlook: With many new swimmers, the Falcons are looking to get the most time in the water and get ready for some early tough meets. With the new teams they face, there will be new challenges in the conference, but Beaulieu is looking forward to seeing her team progress.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 4-3
Head coach: John Norris (13th season)
Captains: William Brown, Sr., Sprints/High Jump; Andrew Moriarty, Sr., Middle and Distance; Franco Abbatessa, Sr., Shot Put
Other key athletes: Liam Breen, Jr., Distance; Tim West, Jr., Distance; Griffin Pike, Jr., Distance; Kevin Jordan, Jr., Middle Distance; Anthony Spignese, Jr., Sprints; Lance Ledesma, Jr., Shot Put
Home meets held at: Danvers High Fieldhouse
Outlook: It’s a well balanced group for the Falcons with some strong returnees who have improved greatly in most events.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Last year’s record: 5-2
Head coach: John Norris (4th season)
Captains: Rebecca Henion, Sr., Middle and Distance; Olivia Foglietta, Sr., Middle and Distance; Skye Lovell, Sr., Hurdles/High Jump; Gabrielle Loughlin, Sr., Sprints
Other key athletes: Shayne Bower, Sr., Distance; Gabby Sherrick, Soph., Distance; Julie Kee, Soph., Middle Distance;Julia Ryan, Soph.; Middle Distance; Dessa Daras, Jr., Shot Put; Elodie Poussard, Soph.; Sprints
Home meets held at: Danvers High Fieldhouse
Outlook: Hard work should pay big dividends for the Falcons over the course of the season. There are still some events they’ll look for improvement in to compete with the top-level teams.